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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window

Mountain Window

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Mountain Window
  • Date
    1946
  • Dimensions
    34.5 × 22cm
  • Medium
    Oil on board
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by Ria Mooney to Sligo County and Museum in 1970.
Description

This tiny painting belonged to Ria Mooney, an actress and the first woman producer at the Abbey Theatre. She worked on two of Jack Yeats’s plays there in the 1940s. Mooney presented this work and another Yeats painting, He Wins, to Sligo.

Mooney may have been drawn to this work because of its use of theatrical conceit. It is an ambiguous view of a Ben Bulben seen through a cottage window, apparently based on a memory of a scene from the house of a great-aunt of Yeats, who lived above the Rosses in Co.Sligo. The lady was known as Aunt Mickey and her home had a commanding view of Ben Bulben. The cosy image of an Irish country garden with climbing foliage and luscious window boxes contrasts with the austere form of the mountain viewed in the distance. The result is a sensuous and complex image of the famous Sligo mountain and the surrounding countryside.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  2. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  4. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  5. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  7. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  9. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  10. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  11. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  16. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  17. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  18. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  19. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  21. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  24. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)